Ecology North is looking for a dynamic and creative Education Specialist to join our team.
The successful candidate will contribute to educating youth and the general public on diverse environmental initiatives in the realms of climate change adaptation and mitigation, local food production, waste reduction, water stewardship and nature appreciation. Our Education Specialist needs to be motivated, highly productive and a self-starter.
Your main responsibilities will be to refine existing resources and programs related to youth environmental education, where youth is considered to be those up to age 30, with opportunities to design and develop your own materials, and to create a link between Ecology North’s existing resources and the NWT school curriculum. You will also be required to deliver these programs and make connections within the education community, territory-wide, both inside and outside the formal school system.
Ecology North also has an online education portal - NWTScienceFocus.ca - that is an easy go-to for educators across the NWT to access our resources. The ideal candidate will be able to maintain and update this website. Training and support will be provided if necessary.
The Education Specialist will write grant proposals for the education program, and will have the opportunity to provide direction for future programming.
Relevant education and experiences within the school system are a requirement. These can be obtained anywhere in Canada but knowledge of the north, northern cultures and how they influence education is a must.
This is an exciting time to join the team as you will be initiating the actions laid out in our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan (found on our website) to focus the organization’s work towards increasing environmental education and awareness in the north. Your enthusiasm will build on previous work within the organization in this area and bring our strategic plan to life.
Ecology North is a small team and we all contribute to the overall success of our mission and vision statements, and contribute to the overall operations of the organization.
Ecology North is a charitable, non-profit organization that was formed in 1971 to support sound environmental decision-making on an individual, community and regional level. Our mission is to bring people and knowledge together for a healthy northern environment. We are located in downtown Yellowknife, and have a mandate to work throughout the NWT and northern Canada.
Education and Work Experience:
A University or College degree related to education and a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in the North. Equivalents will be considered.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
Skills in planning, organizing, carrying out and evaluating workshops and events;
Some knowledge of the NWT school curriculum;
Knowledge of northern cultures;
A good understanding of environmental issues and how they relate to the north at a regional, territorial, national, and international level;
Demonstrated strong communication skills, both written and oral;
Experience teaching or working with youth in the North;
Experience coordinating and facilitating youth education sessions;
Experience creating education resources, either to present in-person or online; and
Experience writing successful grant applications.
Experience working in the non-profit sector;
An understanding of the tools non-profit organizations can use to affect individual and societal change;
Experience managing projects, understanding budgets and managing time efficiently;
Excellent computer literacy skills, with strong knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications and experience with Google Drive, Wordpress, Weebly, and Zoom; and
A valid drivers’ license.
Interest in learning about environmental issues is crucial. You are not expected to know everything about our focus areas, but you must be open and excited about learning;
Be able to work occasional evening and weekend hours with notice;
When COVID-19 restrictions lift, occasional travel outside of Yellowknife will be required; and
Willingness to contribute to the overall vision and mission of Ecology North and contribute to the smooth operations of the organization.
Terms of Employment:
This position is a full-time one-year contract with possible extension.
Ecology North is proud to offer a flexible workplace. The ideal candidate will be hired at 30 hours/week, however more or fewer hours can be negotiated.
Compensation is $30.77 - $38.46 per hour depending on education and experience. The wage scale is currently under review.
Dental, Health, Life and Long Term Disability coverage,
A Professional Development package,
Vacation, Sick and Special leave and Lieu time,
Statutory holidays including 3 holiday days between Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Anticipated start date: 5th July, 2021.
The position is based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Only those with the legal right to work in Canada will be considered.
At the final stage of screening, after interviews but prior to signing a contract, all potential candidate(s) will be required to produce a criminal records check to ensure that no prior conviction may present an impediment to working with vulnerable people.
The position reports to the Executive Director of Ecology North.
Apply by Sunday, June 13th at 11:59pm MST by submitting a cover letter and resume to:
5016 50th Ave, Yellowknife NT, X1A 2P3
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To learn more about Ecology North, please visit http://www.ecologynorth.ca/
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